Osenat Fontainebleau: French classics from Citroën and Hotchkiss
In addition to the customary French classics such as Citroëns Méhari, 2CV, DS and SM, the Osenat auction roster also includes two examples from the ill-fated Hotchkiss marque, which collapsed in 1955. The 1953 Grégoire Type JAG in the sale (estimated at 20,000 – 30,000 euros) is of particular note, as it was built as a personal car for the designer who penned it, J.A. Grégoire. Meanwhile, a 1951 2050 GS ‘Rallye’ carries a more significant estimate of 60,000 – 80,000 euros, no doubt partly due to its exclusivity – it’s thought no more than 40 examples were produced. They’re not the only motor cars from a defunct brand, however; also offered is a 1953 Simca Sport, estimated to fetch 20,000 - 24,000 euros.
Of course, there are also some offerings from Ferrari, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz. Worthy of a mention is the Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 built in 1969; the Italian GT is set to command 60,000 to 80,000 euros when it crosses the block on 14 October.